“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30 NKJV
By: Jennifer Mullen
To continue our theme of thankfulness in November, here are a few activities to teach your child gratitude.
1- Prayer: I start with this tip because like most people, I fall in to the trap of asking and neglecting the praising aspect of prayer. Supplication is VERY important, but we need to teach our children to pray prayers of thanksgiving. Of course, you can do this at mealtime and bedtime. Another way is to work it in to everyday conversation. Help your child to realize that everything we have comes from God. For example, while snuggled up on a cold day, remind your child that God provided your family with warmth from the heater and the blanket, and simply say out loud in prayer, “Thank you, Father for keeping us warm!”
2- I Spy: My daughter and I play this game while out on walks. We started by talking about things that are man-made vs made by God during our study of creation and it morphed into this game. For example she would say, “I spy something God made that is green.” It is a fun way to glorify God. Add these things to your night-time prayers of thanksgiving.
3- Blessings Plate: This is something I started with my family a few years ago. The idea is to make a personalized family plate. When something major like a raise or an announcement of a pregnancy occurs, the person who have received the good news gets to eat off of the plate. I have mine proudly displayed in my kitchen at all times, despite the lack of aesthetic appeal. 🙂 I wrote Psalm 126:3 on it which reads: “The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” There are many ways to do this, but this particular plate was used with the products from http://makit.com/.
4- Thanksgiving Placemats: I found this awesome idea on Pinterest from the blog The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman. This mommy blogger has the kids make placemats for Thanksgiving dinner. She had a couple of ideas you can find at the link above. I loved the idea in the picture to the left where every feather has something for which to be thankful for written on it.
5. The Old Fashion Paper Chain: Again, I found this on Pinterest. This is from Happy Home Fairy. It is the simple idea that you add a link in the chain with something that you are thankful for written on it each day leading up to Thanksgiving. She also had other advent ideas for the holiday season.
If you have other ideas or activities on this topic, please feel free to share below! We would love to see what are readers are doing to teach their kids. And don’t forget to sign up for our November Giveaway by posting you thoughts of gratitude by clicking here!